The Hardy was a two-seat general-purpose biplane developed from the Hart. Production aircraft were built by Gloster Aircraft. The first 37 were powered by 391kW Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB engines, the remaining ten by more powerful Kestrel Xs. These served with the RAF, latterly as a communications type, until 1941.
| ENGINE||1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB, 395kW|
| Take-off weight||2270 kg||5005 lb|
| Empty weight||1450 kg||3197 lb|
| Wingspan||11.35 m||37 ft 3 in|
| Length||9.02 m||30 ft 7 in|
| Height||3.23 m||11 ft 7 in|
| Wing area||32.33 m2||348.00 sq ft|
| Max. speed||259 km/h||161 mph|
| Ceiling||5180 m||17000 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns|
|A three-view drawing (1284 x 1052)|
The 'K4316' on one of you pictures had a very strange ultimate fate. It was offered by 41 SAAF Sqn ( ?) to the aviation of the ‘Public Force’ (the colonial army/police) of Belgian Congo where it served from 5/14/41 to 5/26/41 keeping its RAF serial. It was lost at the landing at Gambala. Both crews were unhurt but the plane wasn’t repaired.
Only 2 (bad) pictures or this plane are known. It was the only real combat plane that served with this force before the independance in 1960.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?